by jack phillips
Former President Donald Trump said Tuesday night that the mainstream media is lying about the Russia-Ukraine war by failing to report the true death toll and destruction.
At an event with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump again said he would push to end the war. At that event, the former president said that he believes that the number of deaths is much higher than what is reported, and pointed out that there are cities with completely destroyed buildings.
“You have cities with no standing buildings. It looks like a demolition zone. It’s so horrible and, you know, they’ll say two people were hurt,” Trump told Hannity.
“Hundreds of people and thousands of people were killed. You’re going to find out when this is all over that the number of people killed is much higher than you’re told. They are not telling you the truth. Many, many thousands, hundreds of thousands of people are dying. Their cities are being razed.”
Mr. Trump added that regarding the conflict, “I’m for one thing, very simple… I want to stop people from dying and I’m going to make it stop, fast.”
It comes days after the former commander-in-chief explained how the conflict, which erupted in February 2022, would end. Trump said he knows both Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin and “had a very good relationship.” with partner
In a Fox interview with Maria Bartiromo, Trump said that if elected, he would tell Zelenskyy: “No more, you have to make a deal.” And he would say to Mr. Putin: “If you don’t make a deal, we’ll give them a lot. We are going to give more than what they have received.”
Mr. Trump also claimed that Mr. Zelenskyy is “honourable” because when asked about a 2019 phone call that became the subject of the House’s first Democrat-led impeachment attempt, Mr. Zelenskyy “didn’t even know what they were talking about.” about.” During that call, Mr. Trump spoke with Mr. Zelenskyy about US aid and investigated allegations about President Joe Biden’s dealings in Ukraine.
However, Zelenskyy recently criticized Trump’s comments about ending the war, saying he couldn’t do it quickly. The Ukrainian president also recently said that he is concerned that some of the 2024 Republican presidential candidates are not sufficiently supportive of his administration’s anti-Russian efforts.
In May, Trump said that if elected, he would “end that war in a day” and that it would “take 24 hours” to do it. “I know Zelenskyy well, I know Putin well. That would finish it within 24 hours,” he remarked. “It would be easy, that deal would be easy.”
Also at the event with Mr. Hannity, the former president also criticized a Justice Department investigation targeting his statements and efforts after the 2020 election. It came hours after Trump said he received a letter of fate in the case.
“They are in a hurry, because they want to interfere. It is interference with elections. It is election interference,” she said of the letter. “It has never been done like this in the history of our country, and it is a shame.”
Ukrainian war in focus
Meanwhile, the war in Ukraine has become a recent topic of discussion among Republican 2024 hopefuls. Over the past weekend, former Vice President Mike Pence was questioned in an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson about the war and its priorities for Americans.
Carlson, at an event in Iowa, disputed Pence’s claims that he would send weapons to Ukraine as the United States grapples with serious internal problems. At one point, the former host said that “every city” in the United States has gotten “worse in the last three years” and that “public dirt, disorder, and crime have increased exponentially. And yet, his concern is that the Ukrainians … do not have enough tanks.
“Where is the concern for the United States in that?” she asked.
In response, Mr. Pence said his position was being misconstrued: “Tucker, I’ve heard that routine from you before. I am running for President of the United States because I believe this country is in a lot of trouble. I think (President) Joe Biden has weakened America at home and abroad.”
Pence has often called for strong support for the Ukrainian military, saying Washington’s commitment to keeping Russia in check indicates its willingness to check China’s military ambitions in Asia as well.
“With all due respect, I think the former president and the governor of Florida simply do not understand the national interest of the American people in supporting the Ukrainian military to repel the Russian military in Ukraine,” Pence said earlier this month. “I mean, we’re in the heat of fight season. Ukrainians are making progress, ”he also said. “I really think we need to pay attention to the first half of the 20th century.”
Associated Press contributed to this report.